Re: 28th IUC paper - Tamil Unicode New

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Mon Aug 22 2005 - 17:57:35 CDT

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    This is getting really off-track.

    > Surely the whole point of TUNE is that it work with basic Unicode support,
    That translates to: "it can be displayed with a dumb rendering engine
    and a simple font".
    > without any awareness of Tamil as a distinct script. Having a special
    In fact adding TUNE to Unicode "without any awareness of Tamil
    as a distinct script" is a recipe for disaster. It would be
    mixing encodings without applications being aware of equivalences.
    Searches and matches will fail. The only way it comes close
    to being viable would be to treat it like the Hangul multiple
    representations in the standard: you have to make the software
    *aware* of the Tamil script to establish the equivalences between the
    existing Tamil encoding and the TUNE encoding. Otherwise, you
    might as well write off New Tamil as an unencoded script in the
    PUA, which is what it is now and will continue to be, if pushed
    this way.

    > charset defeats that purpose.

    Encoding TUNE, whether in the PUA or elsewhere, *without any
    awareness of Tamil as a distinct script*, defeats the purpose
    of an encoding in the first place.


    > Richard.

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